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Preseason Game 2: Rangers at Chicago

Photo Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers are in Chicago tonight for their second preseason game of the season. They dropped Monday’s contest against the Devils in the final minute, then the rookies lost a scrimmage against the Devils rookies on Wednesday before the first round of cuts. Tonight will be a different lineup, with Anthony Duclair playing on a line with potential first liners (to open the season) Derick Brassard and Rick Nash.

The Rangers play a moderate 1-2-2 forecheck and a strong-side overload in the DZ (man-on-man when the puck is below the goal line). With a lead, AV will back the 1-2-2 forecheck up to the neutral zone, forcing turnovers while keeping five bodies back for defense. As for special teams, the Rangers run a 1-3-1/umbrella hybrid powerplay and a hybrid (diamond/wedge+1) penalty kill).

Joel Quenneville is one of the best coaches in the game. His Hawks play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck, keeping the back forward and defensemen ready to jump on turnovers. In the defensive zone, the Hawks play a standard zone defense looking to defend you in layers based on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a wedge+1 penalty kill.

Rangers lineup:

Chris Bourque-J.T. Miller-Mats Zuccarello
Nick Tarnasky-Dominic Moore-Ryan Haggerty
Marek Hrivik-Oscar Lindberg-Lee Stempniak
Anthony Duclair-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash

Ryan McDonagh-Dylan McIlrath
John MOore-Dan Girardi
Conor Allen-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist/Cedrick Desjardins

Game time is 8:30pm on MSG.

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    • If the Hawks beat the Kings in the WCF. The Rangers would be cup champs. When the Kings won, I felt it was the end of the Rangers run. I felt they had a chance but the Kings are a big tough team with 3 skilled lines and a star goalie. Things the top heavy Hawks don’t have. I agree. The Rangers depth would have overwhelmed the Hawks Defense and Crawford is suspect.

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